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picketed the funeral of u.s. marine matthew snider, killed in iraq in 2006. snyder's father sued. >> i think it's an insult to every veteran out there that has served this country. >> reporter: the supreme court ruled the phelps are protected by the first amendment, right to free speech. chief justice roberts wrote for the majority. westboro may have chosen the picket location to increase publicity for its views and its speech may have been particularly hurtful to snyder. that does not mean that its speech should be afforded less than full first amendment protection. eight of the nine justices agreed. >> liberals and conservatives have united in this, on the side of free speech. >> reporter: justice samuel alito dissented, saying the phelps intentionally inflicted pain on the snyders. our commitment to free debate is not a license for an attack on matthew and his family at a time of acute emotional vulnerability central to the church's well practiced strategy for attracting public attention. now the phelps and their anti-gay campaign have won their biggest shot of publicity. steve hand
's response. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. the u.s. and its allies are escalating pressure on moammar gadhafi. the justice department is being asked to open a new investigation into whether the libyan leader personally ordered one of the worst terror attacks in u.s. history. for than two decades after more 270 people, including 19 americans, died in the bombing of pan am flight 103, shocking accusation from defectors, that moammar gadhafi may have himself ordered the terror attack. sparking calls for a new investigation. >> there have been statements made in the last days by what are now former members of the libyan government fingering gadhafi, making it clear that the order came from the very top. i think we need to move expeditiously. >> reporter: this after two administrations -- bush and obama -- dealt with gadhafi. some of the families of the lockerbie victims have written to president obama and say they are furious, sickened. stephanie's husband, michael, justice department lawyer, was on the flight. >> we had chosen to look the other way because of business
very much. a week into the campaign the u.s. role in libya is about to change. nato will take over enforcement of the no-fly zone but rebels and pro-gadhafi forces are fighting it out street to street. nbc's richard engel is one of the first journalists to reach ajdabiya where there are battles raging now. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. rebels have taken about half of this city. gadhafi's forces still contain pockets and have tanked positioned around the edges. we have seen street-to-street fighting. we can hear gunfire now. rebels have been taking cover, firing machine guns, trying to find gadhafi's forces and drive them out. this is what the war in libya has become. the western air strikes will take out gadhafi's heavy weapons, tanks, aircraft and allow the rebels to push into cities themselves and fight it out almost hand to hand with gadhafi's forces in several cities in libya. >> you talk hand to hand. i was struck on thursday by your reporting and how poorly equipped the rebels seemed to be in terms of weapons. are you sai seeing indications that they are being supp
>>> good morning. moammar gadhafi troops launch a major counteroffensive. is it time for the u.s. to consider arming the opposition? >>> dangerous dyes -- does the coloring in foods we eat every day have a negative impact on a child's mood and behavior? this morning, the new search for a link and what some parents are already doing just in case. >>> and the polar prince on his trek through the arctic. prince harry opens up to us about his most important duty at the royal wedding. >> are you thinking about what you will say? think about what you'll say when i'm stuck in a tent. our conversation with prince harry today, wednesday 30th, 2011. . good morning, welcome to "today" on a wednesday, i'm matt laur. >> rebels were making a rapid advance toward tripoli. >> those rebels retreated some 100 miles we'll get the late echt in a live report from libya straight ahead. and we'll talk to republican congresswoman michelle bachmann, who has been critical of president obama's involvement of troops in libya. >> a bizarre case in florida, an honor student who has been offered scholarships t
intelligence-gatherering. this is the first step to where the u.s. could be doing covertly arming the rebels in their fight against gadhafi. now, u.s. officials caution that they have not done that yet. this is essentially laying the legal groundwork to do that. once you do, it comes under fairly strict congressional oversight, but done in a classified way, carl. >> chuck, what has the white house said about this? what are they legally able to say if they want to deny it? >> reporter: it's a covert operation and is legally deniable. that's number one. the white house is not confirming anything. obviously a few weeks ago when this crisis began they did announce that the full capabilities of the u.s. intelligen community would be used. now, at the time the implication was this was about the over the air surveillance, things like that in order to try to track gadhafi's movements. it was also at that time that the cia operatives were going into the country to begin gathering intelligence about the operation and gadhafi. one other thing, carl, the u.s. intelligence community is very optimistic ab
phone. u.s. marshals were monitoring. they looked up the number that had called michelle's parents. >> the database told them this woman had a son in his mid 20s who lived in south florida. >> did he know the missing michelle? the cops found him, staked him out. then followed him to that little white beach cottage. where he and michelle were in for a big surprise. >> following a developing story out of florida. a woman wanted for the murder of her husband has been arrested in florida. >> at the time of the arrest inside her apartment we found magazines describing ways of how to go undercover in the united states, obtain new identity. >> books on learning spanish, travel guides for latin countries, an array of fake i.d.s. then invest michelle's appearance. >> she had changed her appearance. cut and dyed her hair. had plastic surgery done. >> anything at all to say? >> a few days later, michelle her face swollen and smeared with ointment from cosmetic surgery, was driven back to fayetteville. she was charged with first-degree murder and locked up without bail. and two years later, in
nations is worrying investors that's pushing up gold. while oil and gold soar, watching the u.s. dollar on the back. back to you. >> mandy, thank you. chilling new video of the 9/11 attacks has been released taken from an nypd helicopter. this was retrieved through a freedom of information request. it is never before seen tape. h. this was retrieved through a freedom of information request. a new vent has opened in the kiluaeale volcano. officials say no homes are threatened. some stunning pictures though. back to matt, ann and al. >> you were able to report from there one time. >> we walked on the lava floes there. help me out on the survey. what do you remember gas prices at? >> 29, 30 cents. >> you got the glasses. >> towels. >> mark still has one of the glasses. >> those were the days. not anymore. >> that's for sure. these are the days as far as severe weather. talking snow in the northeast. we have a mess out west. here's the low pressure moving up bringing windy conditions and snowfall amounts, basically around 8 to 10 inches of snow through northern new england. generally one to
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